University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

NSF program announcements for MRI program with limited submissions

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. Thus, if you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for the program, please let us know as soon as possible (barry.milavetz@UND.edu or 777.4280).

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI), Program Solicitation #13-517

Web site: www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13517/nsf13517.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click.

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for this program, please let us know. Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 (barry.milavetz@UND.edu or 777.4280).

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:

  • Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
  • Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
  • Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
  • Impact on the university‚Äôs mission as a whole
  • Detailed budget

Preproposals should be no more than three pages in length using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for Research and Economic Development, 777.4278, barry.milavetz@UND.edu.


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